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The Epiphany of the Lord: Is 60:1-6; Ps 72; Eph 3:2-3a, 5-6; Mt 2:1-12

The Church of the Gesù, where St Gaspar prayed to St Francis Xavier

St Gaspar del Bufalo (December 28)

Beyond the tinsel of Christmas

Beyond the tinsel of Christmas

The Nativity of the Lord: Is 52:7-10; Ps 98; Heb 1:1-6; Jn 1:1-18 or 1:1-5, 9-1
Mary, the Mother of God: Nm 6:22-27; Ps 67; Gal 4:4-7; Lk 2:16-21

Daily readings: December 25 – January 7

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

A stained-glass window depicting St Francesca  (Photo: CNS)

St Francesca Cabrini (December 22) became the first American to be canonised in 1946

Daily readings: December 18 – 24

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Fourth Sunday of Advent: 2 Sam 7:1-5 & 8-11; Rm 16:25-27; Lk 1:26-38

Standing on top of a pillar all day left St Daniel with foul-smelling feet

St Daniel the Stylite (December 11) was told that monastic discipline would be beyond him

Daily readings: December 11 – 17

Scripture readings in the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms

Mary proclaimed the Magnificat during the Visitation, painted here by Pontormo (1494-1557)

Follow Mary through the financial crisis

Third Sunday of Advent: Is 61:1-2 & 10-11; 1 Thes 5:16-24; Jn 1:6-8 & 19-28